How to Integrate

Integration Requires Collaboration

By Steven Crooke

At Reveal, we spend a great deal of time touting the virtues of a truly integrated supply chain supported by the best (in our opinion) integrated supply chain ERP system available – SAP®.

Too often, in searching for solutions for an ailing supply chain, people are consumed by what they do not know about the technology. Organizations search only for technical solutions that involve training and quick tips on a variety of transaction codes. The belief seems to be that, with the knowledge of just one more T-code, they will be better equipped to address all the issues in their supply chain and put their company on the path to integrated supply chain success. While we recognize that, in most cases, their intentions are pure, their solution to “fixing” an ailing supply chain is little more involved than a spot fix. In fact, in most cases we have found the problem may not involve a technical fix at all.

ecommerce boom

How the e-Commerce Boom Impacts Supply Chain

By Rick Elfman

Luxuries such as same-day and two-day delivery options drive consumer loyalty and repeat shoppers, but that doesn’t come without a cost. The continuous rise in consumer demand for seamless and immediate shopping experiences has put great pressure on both B2C and B2B supply chain leaders to ensure inventory and infrastructure models are updated and as efficient as possible. And while some industry giants, such as Amazon, have this puzzle solved, many retailers – from big-box brands to middle-market companies – are still playing catch up, and many are failing.

Retailers live or die by their sales, and without supply chain improvements and innovations, they will not overcome the challenges or benefit from the opportunities that e-commerce presents.

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Interest in Cloud Technologies has Evolved from Skepticism to Curiosity

Oracle hosted its fifth annual Modern Supply Chain Experience (MSCE) this February in San Jose, Calif., and the depth and breadth of the company’s cloud supply chain applications were on full display. As one of the largest gatherings of supply chain professionals, MSCE attracts more than 2,500 attendees, including business leaders who are responsible for end-to-end supply chain solutions and those who have a focused supply chain expertise in areas including logistics, planning and manufacturing. MSCE provided in-depth opportunities to see and learn about the business benefits of an interconnected and integrated supply chain.

According to IDC FutureScape: Worldwide Supply Chain 2017 Predictions, by 2019, 50 percent of manufacturing supply chains will have benefited from digital transformation, with the remainder held back by outdated business models or functional structures. Given that’s less than two years away, companies must leverage innovative processes and technology advancements now to transform their supply chain. If you are not already on the path to the cloud, you are falling behind.

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